Mission: To equip and engage a growing number of seasoned Christian ministry leaders for intentional mentoring relationships with other less experienced persons in ministry, so they will be enabled to stay the course and finish well. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Context: An unhealthy blend of high performance expectation and limited experience can result in the average Christian pastor or ministry leader feeling frustrated and anxious. Inadequate attention to the inner life of the soul has caused many to succumb to temptation and exhaustion. Having a seasoned colleague to walk with through the varied seasons of ministry life and encourage disciplined soul care, can mean all the difference between veering off course onto rocky shoals or finishing well at harbor’s end.
Call: Mentoring has been part of my pastoral ministry for over 30 years. For 14 of those years I was blessed to have Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Frederich as my mentor while he served through Vision New England. As well as sharing our common love for Jesus Christ, we also shared our common love for His Kingdom work, especially for those who labored there in Christian pastoral leadership. Consequently, I too served in this capacity with Vision New England for several years while Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, Maine.
Since leaving my pastorate of 25 years in Yarmouth, I am wholeheartedly committed to pass on to others what I myself received; training Christian pastors and ministry leaders to partner with and pass on what they have gleaned from ministry life.
“How’s your soul?” is the most important question to be honestly asked and truthfully answered by those in Christian ministry. My call to MAST Mentorship is to do just that – ask and listen.
Mentoring – sharing life experiences and wisdom as guidance for Christian ministry leadership.
Advocating – building bridges of understanding between Christian ministry leaders and their boards as a means of facilitating strong support.
Soul Care – encouraging attention to the character and condition of the whole person in Christ for ministry over the long haul.
Training – networking for further equipping and enrichment of mentoring relationships among Christian ministry leaders.